Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Radha's Fit Quinoa Pilaf, Desi Ishtyle

Desi means Asian (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh); and ishtyle has become a word in itself for style. I had never heard of Quinoa until a few years back. It's only recently I see this seed available almost everywhere. Even the organic version is prevalent in most stores now. This seed has to be washed in a sieve as it's too tiny. The seed has a bitter coating on top and will be gone when washed. Radha Rayasam. This seed has complete protiens in it. This is a good way for one to get started with the introduction to this awesome ancient seed.

Organic washed Quinoa, 1Cup
Onion, 1 diced
Green Bell Pepper, 1 diced
2 Carrots, diced
Cauliflowe Florets, few
1 Green chile
Garlic, 3 Cloves (crushed)
Ginger, 1 inch (Crushed)
Garam Masala, 1 Tbsp
Cinnamon Stick, 2
Vegetable Broth, 2 Cups
Sesame Oil, 2 tsp or more, as required

Dice Onions finely and addto the pressure pan with sesame oil.
Add the cinnamon sticks before adding the onions.
Now, add ginger and garlic.
Once transparent, add all the vegetables, green chili, and saute for a minute.
Add Salt,  Garam Masala and Quinoa.
Mix well and add broth or water.
Close the pressure pan and cook for one whistle.
Turn off and let pressure get down.
Finely cut cilantro can be used for garnish.
Serve hot.

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